Monthly Archives: November 2010

Mission 5 Report: Kosta the Great

I’ve been sitting on this one a while, trying to figure out how to screen cap it well, but here it is, a detailed biography of a very obscure but regionally significant poet:

A Wikipedia article about Kosta Khetagurov

Again, these are all well researched facts about the greatest poet Ossetia has ever known. Where is Ossetia you ask? It is a small area on the Russian-Georgian border. The biographer is in this case also clearly recently of that region, with a fine grasp of the English Language. The article is also longer than the article about Upton Sinclair. What does that say about Wikipedia? I don’t know…

Mission 8: Signs of the Times

DIFFICULTY: 5

This mission is inspired by recent posts from Worm and Bread and Where’s Waldo.

Both posts dealt with the manipulation of signs for comic, political, artistic effect. If you haven’t already checked them out, we urge you do do so now:

Cher the Road

I Sniff a Rat

Then, create or modify your own sign.

This mission can be as involved as you want it to be. It could be as simple as discretely stripping a few letters off a sign to give it a drastically different meaning. Or it might, like the works from which this assignment draws its inspiration, involve considerably more effort. We may award additional points for those who go the extra mile. However, keep in mind that if you’re if you’re working in high profile areas or are dealing with a particularly controversial message, the risks as well as the potential payoff will be higher. Although Park’s arrest brought his work international attention, I’m guessing most of us would rather not see the inside of a cop car.

As always, good luck and good art!

MISSION DEADLINE: Monday, November 29

Public Art Feature: I Sniff A Rat

[Submitted by Where’s Waldo, Seoul, South Korea]

As those following international politics are probably aware, Seoul will be hosting the G20 summit this weekend. The previous G20 summit hosted by Toronto in June was met with fierce protests, which the local police force responded to with unprecedented brutality. Eager to avoid a repeat of the Toronto debacle, South Korea’s right-wing president Myung Bak Lee has authorized several measures, many of tenuous legality under the Korean constitution, to ensure that the summit goes off without a hitch. Foreigners with a history of protest may be barred from entering the country and freedom of expression will be significantly curtailed, with all demonstrations restricted to Olympic Park, an area kilometers from the action at the COEX Exhibition Center. Participants in unregistered protests will be subject to potential arrest. One protest outside the designated boundaries has already been broken up by police using pepper spray. However, perhaps the most intriguing story thus far has been that of a 40-year-old university professor known only as Park. Park and his friend were apprehended on Sunday for drawing a rat on a poster promoting the G20 Seoul Summit. An image of their work may be viewed below:

A truly inspiring work of art, I must profess. The Korea Times has noted that the added image “gave people the impression that a huge rat was holding the lantern symbolizing the G20 Summit with the words, ‘The world is watching Korea.’

The image of a rat is often used by liberals to caricature president Lee due to his involvement in numerous scandals and his close ties to major corporations, which in South Korea hold almost unchecked power.

I plan to observe the upcoming protests, both official and unoffical, and document them as well as possible. If all goes well, the result may become another Art Art Revolution submission. I also might attempt to dash off a work of public art although, in light of Park’s unfortunate story, I might opt to exercise restraint for the sake of my visa status.

Public Art Feature: Cher the Road

Providence Public Artists Worm and Bread Submit another cool piece of public art, explaining:

“we like to experiment with using the authoritative language of signs to convey an absurd message. someone had to tell drivers to share the road after all -love worm and bread”

Mission 7: Political Arts

I’m sure most of you know that in America an election just happened. An election where a lot of kinda crazy people ran and a lot of those crazy people were elected. Of course, crazy people being elected has a long and proud tradition, not only here, but in England (as Monty Python reminds us).

So, your assignment this week is to respond to the recent election or a candidate in a work of physical artwork. Post your physical artwork somewhere you think it might get some interesting responses.

If you’re outside the US and don’t get US politics, give us a perspective of how our politics appear to those living overseas through a work of art.

This mission is due in two weeks, on 11/18.